=== As of 6:40 p.m. (et) ===
=== COLLEGE FOOTBALL ===
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has taken the vacant coaching position at
Arkansas, according to multiple reports. The school is expected to announce
Bielema's hiring on Tuesday and introduce him at a Wednesday press conference.
Bielema, who has led the Badgers to three straight Rose Bowl appearances,
owns a 68-24 mark in seven seasons with the program. Despite an 8-5 record
this season, Wisconsin earned another trip to Pasadena following its 70-31
shellacking of Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship Game. It is unknown
whether Bielema will be on the sidelines in Pasadena for next month's
Rose Bowl against Stanford. Arkansas struggled to a 4-8 mark this season
under the guidance of John L. Smith after the firing former head coach
Bobby Petrino, who was let go in April following a scandal in which
he hired his mistress into the football department.
Former assistant Gus Malzahn has accepted the head coaching job at Auburn
after a one-year stint at the helm of the Arkansas State football program.
Malzahn was the Tigers' offensive coordinator from 2009-11 and helped lead the
school to a national championship in 2010 under recently fired coach Gene
Chizik. Auburn went 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC this year, which led to
Chizik's dismissal. The 47-year-old Malzahn guided Arkansas State to a 9-3
record and a Sun Belt championship in his lone season with the Red Wolves.
Steve Addazio has been named the new head football coach at Boston College.
The 53-year-old Addazio heads to the Heights after just two seasons as
Temple's head coach, during which he compiled a 13-11 record with one bowl
berth. He fills the slot vacated by Frank Spaziani, who was fired on Nov. 25
after the Eagles finished 2-10, their worst record since a winless campaign in
1978. Spaziani turned in a 22-29 mark over his four-year tenure with BC,
including three bowl appearances with one victory.
=== NFL ===
Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher could miss the next three games and
possibly the remainder of the regular season due to a significant hamstring
injury, a Chicago newspaper reported on Tuesday. According to the paper,
Urlacher suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring during the overtime
period of Chicago's 23-17 loss to Seattle while attempting to chase down
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection is
expected to sit out three weeks with hopes of returning for the Bears'
regular-season finale at Detroit.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's availability for Sunday's
game against the San Diego Chargers will depend on how he performs in practice
this week. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that Charlie Batch is
scheduled to start Sunday's game. Roethlisberger, who has missed the last
three games with rib and shoulder injuries, has a chance to prove he is ready
to play. The Steelers dropped their first two games without Roethlisberger in
the lineup, but bounced back with a win at Baltimore on Sunday. Tomlin also
said that cornerback Ike Taylor could miss several weeks with a fractured
right ankle. Cortez Allen will start in his place.
=== BASEBALL ===
The New York Mets made it official on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with
franchise cornerstone David Wright on a new contract through the 2020 season.
The third baseman's deal combines his $16 million option for 2013 with a
seven-year, $122 million extension. Wright, who turns 30 on Dec. 20, batted
.306 with 21 home runs, 41 doubles and 93 RBI and earned his sixth career All-
Star selection last season. A career .301 hitter, Wright is the franchise
leader in hits (1,426), doubles (322), RBI (818), runs scored (790) and walks
(616). His 204 home runs place him third in team history, trailing Darryl
Strawberry (252) and Mike Piazza (220).
The Boston Red Sox have apparently signed outfielder Shane Victorino to a
three-year deal. The pact is believed to be $39 million and is pending a
physical. A two-time All-Star with two Gold Gloves to his credit, Victorino
had spent the majority of his nine-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies
before being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers at July's trade deadline.
Victorino was already in the midst of his worst year as a pro before the deal
and struggled even more after the trade, hitting just .245 in 53 games for the
Dodgers. In 154 combined games, he batted .255 with 11 home runs, 55 RBI, 72
runs scored and 39 stolen bases. He also compiled a .321 on-base-percentage, a
.383 slugging and a .704 OPS. It was a far cry from a terrific 2011 campaign
that saw the switch-hitter bat .279 with a .355 OBP and a .491 SLG.
=== NHL ===
NHL owners and players are meeting Tuesday in New York City without either
commissioner Gary Bettman or union chief Donald Fehr in attendance. Bettman
first suggested the idea of a face-to-face meeting between owners and players
without some of the usual representatives from either side involved in the
collective bargaining sessions. The two sides met twice last week with the
involvement of federal mediators, but the process was unsuccessful. The
current work stoppage, which began Sept. 16, has already forced the
cancellation of regular-season games through Dec. 14, as well as the Winter
Classic and All-Star Weekend.